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Circular Temple or Vestàs, Tivoli

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Historic Site
The "Temple of Vesta" is a Roman temple in Tivoli, Italy, dating to the early 1st century BC. Its ruins sit on the acropolis of the city, overlooking the falls of the Aniene that are now included in the Villa Gregoriana.It is not known for certain to whom the temple was dedicated, whether to Hercules, the protecting god of Tibur, or to Albunea, the Tiburtine Sibyl, or to Tiburnus, the eponymous hero of the city, or to Vesta herself, whose more familiar circular peripteral Temple of Vesta is to be seen in the Roman Forum. A rectangular temple stands nearby, equally difficult to attribute, often called the ''Temple of the Sibyl".The name of the builder or restorer of the "Temple of Vesta" is Lucius Gellius, memorialized in the inscription on the architrave. The peripteral temple in a variant of the Corinthian order surrounds its circular cella, which is raised on a high brick podium clad in blocks of travertine: the cella has a door and two windows. The ambulacrum that surrounds the cella had eighteen Corinthian columns (ten remain standing).The temple's capitals has two rows of Acanthus (ornament) and its abacus is decorated with oversize fleuron (architectural) in the form of hibiscus flowers with pronounced spiral pistils. The column flutes have flat tops. The frieze exhibits fruit swag (motif) suspended between bucrania. Above each swag is a rosette (design). The cornice does not have modillions.
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  • Visit the nearby Villa Gregoriana - when you will come uphill you'll find this little treasure on the top and enjoy the scenery  more »
  • The two temples conserved, the Sybil and the Vesta are within the so called the Acropolis of Tibur. It covers a space that stretches out until the northern edge of the city, a rocky cliff almost above...  more »
  • Wonderfully simple small temple on a rocky outcrop above the river. Amazing setting. We had the good fortune to be eating in the Sibilla restaurant so had the temple next to our table for a good few h...  more »
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  • The most sacre shrine in roman time,To keep the holy flame lit by vestral virgin.
  • The Temple of Vesta is an ancient edifice in Rome, Italy, located in the Roman Forum near the Regia and the House of the Vestal Virgins
  • Awesome Roman history!
  • AMAZING! Don't miss it!!! Magnificent historical spot.
  • Amazing place